Dan Grec’s addiction to overlanding began in 2009 when he drove from the Northern tip of Alaska to Southern tip of Argentina–40,000 miles. He sitting at his work desk and realized that he was miserable so he did something about it. He quit his job and bought a $5,000 jeep and headed out for adventure.
Of course, the real story for us gear heads, is how did he keep the jeep alive? Here is an excerpt and picture from his story in Jalopnic.
Unlike your weekend off-road trip, on a multi-month or multi-year expedition to the far corners of the globe you won’t have friends and other vehicles for support. You’ll be tens of thousands of miles from the nearest NAPA, and you’re not likely to find diagnostic computers or four-post lifts at the village mechanic. In fact, it’s much more likely you’ll find oil-stained dirt floors and few tools more than vice grips, baling wire and, if you’re lucky, maybe even be a stick welder. What you will certainly find is friendly locals with plenty of ingenuity to overcome problems.